As I write, the sun is beating through the office window, which has inspired me to return to the topic of Rosé for my blog today.
Regular readers will by now that I am a huge fan of Rosé wines, and for most of us, thinking of a crisp glass of Rosé conjures up images of sitting in the evening sun on a terrace somewhere in the Mediterranean, which is all well and good, but for me where Rosé’s star really shines, is when it comes to food-matching.
This is probably because, due to the way in which it’s made, Rosé expresses some of the character of both red and white wines. Whether you are serving Asian cuisine, tapas or a salad, hot or cold dishes, meat, fish, or vegetables, or even with a BBQ, Rosé will offer a tasty match. In fact, very few other wine-styles are quite so versatile.
I have chosen four wines below which should illustrate what a wonderfully diverse wine style Rosé can be.
The most classic region for Rosé has to be the South of France, so to start I am going with two choices from here, first up is Gérard Bertrand's Hedonisme (€15.95 buy one get one ½ price), which is a delicious, berry-scented, organic, dry-Rosé. Bursting with fruit on the palate & quite full-bodied for a Rosé but all very well-balanced.
A simple grilled chicken salad will allow Hedonisme Rosé to shine.
The next of these southern French stars is Les Pins Couchés Rosé (€16.95 buy one get one ½ price), which is an extremely elegant, refreshing, dry rosé with abundant yet subtle red fruit aromas. On the palate, darker fruit and herbal notes evoke the terroir of the Mediterranean coast. Wine maker Jean-Luc Colombo grew up in Marseille where his parents had a restaurant, so it should come as no surprise that this wine is a perfect match for the iconic local dish ‘Bouillabaisse Marseillaise’.
We cross the Pyrenees into Spain for my next choice, Sierra de Enmedio Rosado (€12.95 buy one get one ½ price), is a 100% Monastrell from the sun-drenched vineyards of the south-east and quite full-bodied for a Rosé, this is filled to the brim with red-berried fruit but holds out for a refreshingly dry finish. For food matches think tapas such as Seafood Paella or Prawns Pil-Pil.
Last up is Italy and the Veneto region in particular, where Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé (€18.95 buy one get one ½ price) sees minimal skin-contact and cool fermentation in stainless steel to make for a very elegant style of rosé.
A beautiful pale salmon pink in colour, 11 Minutes tastes of strawberry, raspberry and pink grapefruit and has a wonderfully textured palate thanks to three month’s ageing on the lees. Barbecued pork chops with a simple marinade of lemon and garlic would be the perfect partner for this wine.
All the wines above are included in our buy one, get one ½ price promotion all summer long.
If this blog has piqued your interest, why not pop in to your local O'Briens store, where there will be Rosé wines available to taste all weekend.
*Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.